Grimsby gears up for hosting of major low carbon conference

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 7 Sep 2017

GRIMSBY is gearing up to host a national energy conference, sparked by developments in a town with an ambition to become a low carbon exemplar to the UK and beyond.

Clean Break launches on Wednesday at Humber Royal Hotel, bringing together thought leaders and key stakeholders in both renewable industries, central government and the area.

Hosted by North East Lincolnshire Council, in association with market intelligence organisation DragonGate, it builds on huge strides in the green sector, led by the recently surpassed 1GW of installed offshore wind capacity controlled from the town.

District heating and other initiatives are also being investigated, with a far-reaching proposal sent to Whitehall earlier this year.

Cllr Ray Oxby, leader, of North East Lincolnshire Council who will present the Grimsby perspective, said: “We have a clear energy vision – to be nationally and internationally recognised as the UK’s leading region for low-carbon energy and the UK capital of the renewable energy industry.

“To invest and grow the whole of the south Humber, we need to work together. Administrative boundaries shouldn’t be the dividing line between us when investment, jobs and opportunities present themselves.

“By working together, in partnership, we’ll be able to deliver the jobs, the housing, the land and the infrastructure that’s needed to provide inclusive growth for a sustainable long term economy.”

It comes as the latest round of offshore wind subsidies are due to be announced, with two huge projects in the running – Innogy and Statkraft’s Triton Knoll and Dong Energy’s Hornsea Project Two. Together they could add a further 2.7 GW, dwarfing what has been achieved in less than a decade, as the sixth array rapidly comes online at Race Bank.

Chaired by Tim Banfield, former director of major projects oversight at the Cabinet Office, a pre-summit local seminar takes place on the Wednesday, before Thursday sees addresses from:

  • David Hodgson, energy specialist at the Department for International Trade
  • Nick Gardiner, managing director of Green Investment Group
  • Matthew Wright, managing director of Dong Energy
  • Tony Quinn, director of operations at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • Patrick Allcom, deputy director for home and local energy at Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Maf Smith, deputy chief executive of RenewableUK

Great Grimsby MP Melanie Onn and Associated British Ports’ regional director, Simon Bird, will also feature in break-out sessions, with district heating specialist Peter Anderberg, founder of Nordic Heat, also making a rapid return to the town after addressing Grimsby Renewables Partnership last month.

Rob Walsh, chief executive of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “We’re delighted we’ve attracted so many people from across the UK and beyond to the summit. It will give us a chance to not only debate a whole series of important issues around the energy agenda, but also give us an opportunity to show delegates what North East Lincolnshire has to offer, and make the crucial links for future strong working together. This summit builds on the work we’ve already carried out with industry leaders, work which I’m confident will reap benefits for our area.”

ABP, Dong, Engie and Wilkin Chapman are partners, with the latter hosting a dinner on the first night.

For further details, including registration, click here: Clean Break.

A meeting in Westminster ahead of the conference: 

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